This past fall, I received the following e-mail out of the blue ...
My name is Felix Cartagena and I live in New Castle, Delaware USA. I
began kite flying on Nantucket Island off of Cape Cod Massachusetts in 1973.
I bought my first kites as an adult from Al Hartig, the Nantucket Kiteman.
In 1979 I became a member of The Maryland Kite Society and The AKA. Later I
belonged to a number of other kite clubs. I was active in editing the MKS
Windy Notice and have written articles for the AKA, many club bulletins, and
KiteLines Magazine. I was Retreat Shepard/Planner for the MKS Kite Retreat a
number of times and presented numerous workshops at these events.
Additionally, I have done
of kite workshops for community groups such as boy scouts, girl scouts,
schools, museums, state parks, and senior centers. I am also well known for
the bubble machines that I bring to kite festivals, which besides showing
what the ground wind is doing, keeps the youngsters occupied. Along the way
I have accumulated a large collection of kite books, magazines, news letters
I have been whittling down a lot of my collections,
not just the kites. I actually fly very little these days and only my
smaller kites. The arthritis in my hands makes it very painful to handle the
larger kites. My kite library resides on 3 shelves of a book case and the
jewel of the collection, a complete set of KiteLines Magazines, in a file
box with folders containing 4 issues each. There are AKA News/Kitings from
1979 to 2009 but nowhere near complete. There are also a lot of kite club
newsletters from various clubs. There are many out of print kite books as
well as books in Chinese, Japanese, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Swedish,
Finnish, Portuguese (Brazil), Hungarian and even Hebrew.
The very first issue of KiteLines has an article on Paul
Garber... I was lucky enough to get him to autograph it! At least 2 of the
older books have been autographed by him also.
So... where is this all going? I have been looking for
a recipient to donate my library to. So... I would like to offer you
my kite library collection. When was the last time a complete set of
After you pick yourself off the floor and catch your
breath, let me know if you are interested. We can work out the details
later. I can see by your Museum web site that you are in this for the long
run. I want my books to go where they will be used and available for
consultation. Thanks for letting me bend your